ProHealth me-cfs Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

The New Me

Creating Intimacy Through Mindful Touch When You Live with Chronic Illness

VIDEO: How does your brain respond to pain?

4 Ways to Give Back When You’re Chronically Ill

Millions Missing Day of Protest Draws Attention to Plight of ME/CFS Patients All Over the Globe

10 Fibro-Friendly Foods with a Bonus: Beautiful Skin

An Illness Denied for Decades Is Exposed - Lighting Up a Hidden World: CFS and ME

Studies Show that Magnesium L-threonate Improves Brain Plasticity, Leading to Direct and Significant...

Pumpkin Pie Turmeric Breakfast Smoothie - Vegan + Gluten-Free

SURVEY RESULTS: Weight Management & Chronic Illness

Print Page
Email Article

Study Finds That Wider Social World May Influence How Couples Cope With CFS/ME

  [ 3 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • April 29, 2013

Editor's Comment: Although this study concluded that treatment interventions for ME/CFS should include significant others, the authors did not specify how the beliefs of partners could be "usefully included" in treatment. Only two couples were interviewed. There was no control group (e.g. couples coping with other illnesses). 

Couples' experiences of interacting with outside others in chronic fatigue syndrome: a qualitative study

By Joanna Brooks et al.


Objectives: Social isolation and stigma are frequently reported by patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and relationships in the home environment with those close to the patients (their ‘significant others’) may thus be particularly important. Rather little attention has yet been paid to the beliefs and experiences of ‘significant others’ themselves in this context. This study sought to explore in-depth the beliefs and experiences of both patients and ‘significant others’ in relation to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Methods: In-depth interviews using a semi-structured interview schedule designed around the core constructs of the Common-Sense Model of self-regulation were conducted with two patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis and their spouses. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse interview data.

Results: Experiences of social interactions in relation to chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis with others outside of the relationship dyad emerged as a key issue for all participants when reflecting on their experiences of living with the condition. These concerns are presented under two themes: interactions with healthcare professionals and interactions with the social world.

Conclusions: It is evident that significant others play an important role in the lived experience of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis. For both patients and significant others, the wider social world and interactions with outside others may be important influences on dyadic coping in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis Both future research and treatment interventions could usefully include a ‘significant other’ perspective.

Source: Chronic Illn. 2013 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print]. Joanna Brooks, Nigel King, Alison Wearden. Centre for Applied Psychological Research, University of Huddersfield, UK.

Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® MitoQ®

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products

Article Comments

Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment

Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™ Hydroxocobalamin Extreme™
The B-12 Your Brain Needs for Detox & Sharpness
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth

Natural Remedies

Itching to Find Dry Skin Relief? Itching to Find Dry Skin Relief?
Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches - All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories or Guilt Cocoa's Polyphenol Riches - All the Health Benefits without the Sugar, Calories or Guilt
Curcumin - a Golden Gift of Nature with Benefits Still Untold Curcumin - a Golden Gift of Nature with Benefits Still Untold
Thyroid Health and Fibromyalgia Thyroid Health and Fibromyalgia
The Remarkable Benefits of Reishi Medicinal Mushrooms The Remarkable Benefits of Reishi Medicinal Mushrooms

ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
Credit Card Processing
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map